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Annual Vagina Monologues aim to stop violence against women

Henry Van Leishout, Staff Reporter - February 6, 2013

Students of Central Washington University once again band together to stop violence against women of all ages. In celebration of the V-Day campaign, “The Vagina Monologues” will be performed Feb. 8 and 9 with a matinee on Saturday afternoon.

“The Vagina Monologues” is a collection of speeches and recitations by Eve Ensler which express the inner thoughts and feelings of women.

“I like the fact that it tells people’s stories,” said Mal Stewman, diversity officer at the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ). “A lot of stories women can relate to.”

But the show isn’t just for women. Men and women alike will get something out of the performance. The Center for Student Empowerment (CSE) puts together these monologues every year and will continue to perform until the violence stops.

“We want people to recognize that, as a part of the world, they can and need to do something about it,” said Elsa Larson, women’s experience coordinator and producer of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Larson was chosen to be a producer for this year’s production because of her experience with women’s issues and her large role in the coordination of Women’s History Month last year.

“We like the message,” Stewman said. The CSE is hoping women will attend and be inspired to stand up with other women to fight for their rights.

The performance will consist of several monologues. Some of the speeches are moving, deep, or graphic, while others are more comedic in nature.

“Even if you don’t agree with every single word, there are things that everybody can rally behind,” Stewman said.

Some of the pieces in the show might be controversial or offensive, so CSE suggests no one under the age of 17 attend the performances.

The show has a new cast every year, which CSE held auditions for at the end of fall quarter.

“There’s a lot of bonding,” Larson said.

Rehearsals began during the second week of classes winter quarter.

The cast members are diverse. Among them are students, nontraditional students, staff members and community members. Some community members show their support for the cause by commuting for every rehearsal.

The CDSJ is also taking part in the One Billion Rising campaign for V-Day, where people to can participate in a “dance strike” where they will dance to end violence against women.

In conjunction with “The Vagina Monologues” performance, another monologue show, “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer” will take place on Feb. 7. This performance is free.

For those seeking more information about the monologues or about how to help the CSE stop violence, there will be a talk-back discussion with the cast and diversity officers after every performance.

The cost to attend “The Vagina Monologues” is $7 for students and $10 for general admission.





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